Queen of Sorcery is a step up from Pawn of Prophecy in The Belgariad but the story is more concerned about telling each individual kingdom’s story more than telling a compelling overall narrative. As much as I like fantasy that requires a band of adventurers to travel to different places, the group in The Belgariad seems to keep getting side tracked on the way. Their goal is to stop a thief with a powerful stone from reaching his home territory but the group of adventurers keeps finding themselves embroiled and preoccupied with local politics. I found that a lot of the kingdoms they visited were rather similar and even after finishing the book, I couldn’t tell you one from the other very well. I wanted more danger dealing with the overall quest and less side kingdoms.
The writing has matured somewhat from the previous book and it does get a bit detailed when the politics of the kingdom they are currently in comes into play. However, I couldn’t help but want more development within the story being told and the characters that are involved. I do like the addition of a few characters to the overall party. I thought that Mandorallan and Ce’Nedra are interesting characters in their own way that added to the story.
I was hoping the antagonists would be a little bit more epic and nasty in this series than they are. For the most part, they don’t do a whole lot that really threatens the group. The guy that I thought was going to be one of the main adversaries towards Garion just didn’t do a whole lot in this book. I would also like there to be more tension between our group of heroes, maybe some disagreements, and characters splitting up. I think that keeping them mostly together has been rather dull and doesn’t allow for deeper character development.
Regardless of the 2* scores for both of the first books in this series, I am still going to keep reading them, and finish up the series. They aren’t unenjoyable to the point where I hate reading them. I still would only suggest reading this series if you are new to fantasy(a young teen) or you just want to put this series on your “fantasy mantel” as a series you finished.
10/25 Possible Score
2 – Plot
3 – Characters
2 – World Building
2 – Writing Style
1 – Heart & Mind Aspect